Blue Toon boys find their shooting boots

Peterhead's Andy Rodgers got himself onto the scoresheet in the 2-0 win over Berwick on Saturday.
Peterhead's Andy Rodgers got himself onto the scoresheet in the 2-0 win over Berwick on Saturday.

Jim McInally’s Peterhead side have seemingly found their shooting boots following their 1-0 loss to Elgin three weeks ago.

Since then, the Blue Toon have scored eight goals in two games, thrashing Montrose 6-0, before making the trip to Berwick last weekend to send a warning to the the teams currently occupying the play-off places, returning home to Peterhead with a 2-0 victory.

Neither side could have been accused of not making a game of the ‘six pointer’, the teams walking out to worst of the wintry weather, but chances few and far between in the first-half.

Jamie Redman, last year’s PFC Supporter Club’s Player of the Year, came closest to opening the scoring in the first 45 minutes, but ‘keeper Marc McCallum was able to match the midfielder’s header to keep his net empty.

At the other end, Steven Notman, Berwick’s former Hibernian man, saw his shot bounce off the bar, much to the agony of the home support.

After the restart, the Blue Toon took charge of the fixture and, perhaps, their future, when Rory McAllister put in another match winning shift.

Laying off a ball for Ryan McCann, who signed for Peterhead before the New Year, the midfielder converted from close range to send Peterhead into the ascendancy before McAllister, again, popped up to put the game out of reach for their play-off rivals, Martin Bavidge having found the 25-year-old with a neat pass to score his 15th of the season.

Speaking after the game, finding himself with three points in the bag and two points closer to the play-off places, boss McInally told the Buchan Observer that his side needed to convert this recent run of away form into a win at the Balmoor this weekend.

“We need to, to be honest,” he commented, adding that, with three home games left before the end of the season, his side needed to “ensure we win those games so we can finish where we want to.”

He continued, in regards to where his side wanted to finish – the play off places: “I felt that the last two games were must win-win games and we passed with flying colours. With six games left, I think we’ve got to win at least four.”

McInally, however, is prepared to fight until the last day of the season, when his side will travel to Queens Park on May 4, having maintained for the entire season that the fight for promotion could go down to the last day, not discounting the likes of Elgin and Stirling Albion who are both looking to mount a late bid for a play-off spot.

The Blue Toon he said, however, are now in a position where it is up to them to secure a play-off spot, the time for waiting for teams to slip up over.

“Winning those two games, it’s up to us,” said McInally.

Peterhead host Annan Athletic on Saturday, March 30. Kick-off is scheduled for 3pm.